Senator Martin Golden
New York State Senator Martin J. Golden (22nd District) is a retired New York City Police Officer who received numerous awards during his ten years with the Police Department. Marty was forced to retire in 1983, after suffering a serious injury while making a narcotics arrest.
Marty Golden's distinguished career as a New York City Police Officer has provided him with the knowledge and experience to make our streets Senator Marty Golden has worked to strengthen the Megan's Law, the New York State sex offender registry, and expand the DNA databank to include all persons convicted of a felony and certain misdemeanors. In December 2005, Senator Golden sponsored the laws to increase penalties against gun-runners and those that injure or kill police officers. In 2006, Senator Golden wrote a tough law that mandates prison for the possession of a single loaded illegal firearm.
Working with a diverse group of parents, educators, clergy and school choice advocates, Senator Golden delivered a $330 child tax credit for public, private and parochial school students.
Senator Golden's diligent efforts secured $11.2 billion in funding to improve New York City Public Schools including a new high school in Sunset Park and many other classrooms improvements to ensure that our students receive a sound basic education.
The oldest of eight children born to Irish immigrants, Marty Golden knows that working families need tax breaks to help make ends meet. Senator Golden delivered the laws that eliminated the state sales tax on clothing and footwear; secured a $400 property tax cut for New York City residents; and eliminated the personal income tax marriage penalty.
As Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, Senator Golden was credited by nationally recognized advocacy groups for championing the rights of senior citizens through the Assisted Living Law of 2004. Under his leadership, a number of significant bills affecting older
Americans have been enacted, including a new Elderlaw, the Senior Bill of Rights; Long Term Care Reform, internet posting of retail prescription drug prices and a single EPIC/Medicare prescription drug card. Senator Golden wrote the law that raised SCRIE from $29,000 to $50,000 for seniors and the disabled.
In February 2007, Senator Golden was named Chairman of the Senate Majority Task Force on Critical Choices. Senator Golden and Task Force members advanced a wide array of important legislative initiatives including: the death penalty for cop killers; Granny's Law to punish criminals who assault senior citizens; an Airline Consumer Protection Bill of Rights; and a number of measures to help reduce the tax burden on New Yorkers, strengthen our economy and create new jobs.
Yet, what distinguishes Marty Golden's career in public service is his emphasis on community service and ability to bring back funding for important community programs including health care, education, transportation, law enforcement and senior citizen programs.
Senator Golden procured $36 million in New York State capital funding for SUNY Downstate to create a dynamic and robust biotechnology industry in Brooklyn that holds the promise of thousands of high-quality career jobs in Brooklyn. Senator Golden continues to support the advancement of cutting edge industries that are creating jobs for the new marketplace. As such Marty works hard to ensure the continued expansion of the bio technology industry, the protection of tax breaks for businesses, and the full utilization of the commercial and retail space in locations such as the Brooklyn Army Terminal and Industry City. Marty understands that a multi-faceted economic approach will allow people to live, work and raise a family in their own backyard.
From 1998 through 2002, Marty Golden represented the 43rd Council District in the New York City Council. In the days immediately after 9/11, Councilman Golden's office coordinated the shipment of more than 200 truckloads of food, clothing, and materials to the volunteers working at "Ground Zero" and helped to establish the first Community Emergency Response Team (CERT 1 NYC) in New York State.
In 20t I , Senator Golden was selected to serve as the Senate's Representative to the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) Capital Program Review Board.
In 2014, Senator Golden was appointed to the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction to study the rise in use of heroin and other drugs.
Because of his leadership on a myriad of issues facing New York State and his work as Chairman of the Steering Committee, and Secretary to the Majority Conference, Golden was appointed Vice Chair of the Republican Conference.
Marty Golden attended St. Patrick's and Our Lady of Angels Grammar Schools, New York School of Printing, and John Jay College. He is a graduate of St. John's University. Marty and his wife, Colleen, have two children, Michael and P.J.
Standing Committee Assignments 2017: Civil Service & Pensions Committee (Chairman); Select Committee on Science, Technology, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (Chairman); Aging, Codes; Finance; Health, Insurance; Investigations & Government Operations; and Veterans.
Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott
Catherine Leahy Scott was appointed New York State Inspector General on May 2, 2013 by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, after having served as Acting New York State Inspector General since February 2012. She was reappointed Inspector General January 2015. Ms. Leahy Scott has also been serving as Acting Welfare Inspector General since October 1, 2012. On February 4, 2015 Governor Cuomo announced the appointment of Ms. Leahy Scott as the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Inspector General.
As New York State Inspector General, Ms. Leahy Scott has authority over 200 state agencies, authorities, boards, and commissions covering more than 200,000 state employees working in the executive branch of State government. Currently, Ms. Leahy Scott’s office has oversight over the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge project, together with her office’s federal counterparts, guarding against fraud and abuse in this multi-billion dollar effort to replace the Hudson River’s Tappan Zee Bridge. And, pursuant to federal law, the New York State Commission on Forensic Science designated Inspector General Leahy Scott’s office as the governmental entity responsible for conducting independent external investigations of forensic laboratories across New York State.
Previously, Ms. Leahy Scott served as an Assistant Attorney General for New York State, investigating and prosecuting criminal matters with an emphasis on white-collar fraud and public integrity cases. Ms. Leahy Scott also served for more than 13 years in the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, eight of which as First Assistant District Attorney. In that role, Ms. Leahy Scott investigated and prosecuted all levels of crimes, created new and innovative court affiliated drug treatment programs, and supervised all prosecutors working within the office. During that time, Ms. Leahy Scott was appointed to the New York State Committee for Establishing Protocols for Forensic Child Interviews, and was a member of both the New York State and National District Attorneys’ Associations.
Ms. Leahy Scott also served as a Columbia County Assistant Public Defender, and worked in the general practice of law as a sole practitioner in Columbia County.
Ms. Leahy Scott received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University, where she was named Hofstra University’s Woman of the Year in 1981, and her law degree from the Hofstra University School of Law.
Robert A. Kent serves as the General Counsel for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (“OASAS”). In this role, Mr. Kent provides overall legal support, policy guidance and direction to OASAS Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez, the Executive Office and all divisions of the agency. Robert is leading the OASAS efforts to implement Governor Cuomo’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force recommendations including the Combat Addiction/Heroin Campaign, the Federal Opioid Targeted Grant program, and Medicaid Redesign Team initiatives including implementation of historic legislation to increase access to treatment. Robert has co-authored articles on patient confidentiality and sober homes and has presented nationally and throughout New York State on the OASAS system of care.
Mr. Kent previously served as an Assistant Counsel with the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH). Prior to Robert joining OMH, he was engaged in the private practice of law where he focused on regulatory and governmental affairs matters. In 2011, Robert was recognized by the Caron Foundation with their Legal Professional Public Service Award. In 2013, Robert was recognized by the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies with their Leadership Award. In 2016, Robert was recognized by the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence with their Nyswander/Dole “Marie” award; the Long Island Recovery Association Friend of Recovery Award; and the Northern Tier Providers Coalition Public Service Award.
Mr. Kent lives in Voorheesville, N.Y., with his wife, Elizabeth, his sons, Samuel and Maxwell, and their Golden Retrievers, Madison and Franklin.